Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Here is the cover artwork for the new Madonna single 4 Minutes (to Save the World), the first from her new studio album Hard Candy, which features Justin Timberlake and has *just* leaked onto the InterWeb:

Yeah, the quality isn't so great but at least we get a good feel for what the artwork will look like once it officially gets released UPDATE: The HQ version of the cover artwork just made its way to my inbox. Boy, Maddy and JT are practically joined at the hip these days ... just like Maddy and Britney Spears were back in the In The Zone era. It occurred to me while watching Madonna's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night that had the induction ceremony taken place back when Madonna and Britney were BFF that Britters would've been the one to induct Madge into the Rock Hall (they might've even shared a kiss on stage as well) instead of JT ... what a difference a few years makes, huh? [thanks Kevin]

Additionally, here is the official press release from Madonna.com for her new album Hard Candy which is due for release on April 29:


Madonna's 11th studio album for Warner Bros. Records "HARD CANDY" is scheduled to have a global release on April 28th and a US release on April 29th, it was confirmed by her label. "HARD CANDY" (the follow up to Madonna's "CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR" which debuted at No. 1 in 30 countries and sold over 8 million copies), has been described as a brilliant up-tempo collection of 12 songs in which Madonna remains ensconced in club mode but this time adds an urban hip hop beat in collaboration with musical partners Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes and Nate "Danja" Hills. The debut single, the pulsating "4 Minutes" will be released at the end of March.

"The title is a juxtaposition of tough and sweetness -- kind of like I'm gonna kick your ass but it's going to make you feel good. And of course, I love candy" laughed the material girl.

Madonna, a multi-Grammy-award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, cultural icon, world renowned stage performer, video visionary, children's book author, director and documentary film maker has sold 200 million albums in the course of her unprecedented two decade plus career and is slated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10th.

Um, yeah, there ain't all that much new info in this press release but I figured it'd be worth posting for the sake of completion. Now that Madonna is officially a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (which I'm sure has been a preoccupation and a distraction for the past few weeks) she can get back to the business of releasing this new album already! [Source]